Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Personal Finance

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Can’t you just feel the temperature rising? Feel the rush of adrenalin as the political gladiators enter the arena and begin to slash each other to pieces. Doesn’t it feel a bit like Spartacus, but with suits replacing loincloths? (Think blood-stained Starz Sparacus, not the more refined Kirk Douglas one.) The GOP presidential primary campaign… Read More

Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

Personal Finance

Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

Is Obama’s Cordray Appointment Unprecedented? Not by a Longshot.

President Obama “manned up” Wednesday, exercised his executive authority and announced the recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—ending months of partisan bickering and obstructionism by 45 Republican Senators and their patrons in the financial services industry. I read the comments of GOP leaders in the House and… Read More

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

Personal Finance

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

The Most DisCREDITed Ideas of 2011

Welcome to the first annual “Most disCredited Awards.” In a bad-economy year full of silly laws, mortgage miseries, political gaffes, Hatfield-McCoy feuding, credit downgrades, mysteriously rising prices, fee gouging of every description, and art-project political campaigns—whew(!)—I thought you might like a guide to help you to weed out the ridiculous from the truly tragic. So… Read More

Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

Mortgages

Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

Fannie, Freddie, the Feds & Freud… FUBAR

As a citizen, a voter, and a consumer, what do you think this country needs? Less partisanship in Congress? Less Congress? Easier credit? Lower taxes? Higher taxes? There are about 307 million Americans and given the state of the American economy, perhaps there are as many answers to that question. Here’s my take: We need… Read More

Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

Personal Finance

Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

Who’s Killing the CFPB? We Are.

The Honorable Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell and—to quote Spiro Agnew, “those nattering nabobs of negativism” (by which I mean the 43 Senators who always say “never”)—sure had their turkey shoot last week. The innocent bystander was Richard Cordray, the President’s nominee for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The targets were Barack Obama and… Read More

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

Personal Finance

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

Chestnuts, Jack Frost and Wall Street’s Spring Bonuses

As we ring out what has been a pretty lousy year for most of us, Wall Streeters are all aglow—thoughts turning to sugar-plum fairies dancing in their brains, bearing bundles of spring bonuses—while stepping around agitated demonstrators who Occupy but a tiny part of their head space. While Wall Street bonuses may be down somewhat… Read More

Europe: The Confidence Game That Could Break the Bank

Personal Finance

Europe: The Confidence Game That Could Break the Bank

Europe: The Confidence Game That Could Break the Bank

The word “economy” comes from the Greek “oikos” or “house.” Lately, the global economy has been like a nightmare episode of “Holmes Inspection.” You know the one. The owner fixes one problem only to find a more insidious problem underneath. Confidence in the contractor quickly turns into fear of the unknown and soon a new… Read More

What the Death Penalty and Foreclosure Have in Common

Mortgages

What the Death Penalty and Foreclosure Have in Common

What the Death Penalty and Foreclosure Have in Common

There is so much news—mostly ugly news from the consumer point of view—about the foreclosure crisis, but it seems one of the most important initiatives taken against the banks that caused the crisis has been all but overlooked. For a period of months, the federal government and most of the states’ attorneys general have been… Read More

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